Books

In The Wonder Cupboard, Kathleen S. Burgess has written poems both filled, and filling, with wonder: "Why We Went to See Madame Luminitsa," "Marilyn's Lips," "I'm a pilgrim light needles into space," "Unearthing Earth Day." Using skillful language to draw crisp, colorful sketches of time and place, Burgess addresses a child's thrilled reaction to a father's wild driving, an F2 twister, Singer sewing machines, bird-watching, going braless, pregnancy, sunflowers, a Chinese lantern festival, missing women, mass shootings, and quiet hikes through Southern Ohio beauty.

 

           Dianne Borsenik, publisher, NightBallet Press

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What Burden Do Those Trains Bear Away is a road story in which two young people began to make their way hitchhiking from Washington, D.C. to Lima, Peru, a trip of 11,000 miles, which took them a year, as they stayed with families, in cheap hotels, and in rainforest huts along the way. At the same time, it is a story of the people they encountered, indigenous and Latino, helpful and dangerous, with a subplot of social justice which resonates with our current immigrant crisis.

Gardening with Wallace Stevens examines a history of transportation, language, indigenous life in the Southwest, family connections across continents and time, and the natural world of Appalachian Ohio. Part of William Allegrezza's series of chapbooks "100 days of protest," the poems of this chapbook reveal subtle protests against the dislocations and destructions of contemporary life.

Reeds and Rushes provides much to sustain us. The publisher says, "In poems that address two of the greatest gifts we experience on earth—music and nature—these poets pay tribute to how humankind has best put nature and music to use." Poets include Robert Pinsky, Roy Bentley, Levi Romero, Maggie Smith, Vince Gotera, Carolyne Wright, Patricia Smith, Steve Abbott, Rose M. Smith, Charlene Fix, Kenneth Salzmann, Frank Richardson, and others.

Shaping What Was Left "combines a gorgeous musicality with a generous moral center," say poets who know her work. The supply of this 36-page chapbook is running low.

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